Just as doctors improve their results when they have good “bedside manner,” editors improve their results when they have good pageside manner. It’s not enough to be confident in what will improve the manuscript; you also need to communicate it in a way that will help your client understand and happily accept it, or at least disagree with it in an informed and collegial way. Pageside manner also extends beyond communications with authors: interactions with publishers, corporate clients, designers, and fellow editors, and activities on social media, all matter too. This webinar will take examples good and bad and present them in service of principles and practices for effective communication about editing.
James Harbeck has been an editor for a quarter of a century. He has worked on magazines, books, and websites, with corporate clients, trade publishers, and individuals. He is a recipient of Editors Canada’s Karen Virag Award and has been a test setter for the certification exams in structural and stylistic editing and a judge for the Tom Fairley Award. He has written many articles and given many presentations on language, linguistics, and editing.